Still relatively new to the North American market, the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan is already seeing some heavy depreciation on the used-car market, Jalopnik has found. While you can expect to pay just shy of $40k for a barebones, no-options Giulia if you buy brand-new, even a quick search of the web reveals lightly-used examples with just several-thousand miles on the odometer for less than $30k – depending on the zip code, of course.
That’s not too bad a price for the sporty, nicely-trimmed Italian exotic that just won Motor Trend‘s 2018 Car of the Year award.
Of course, as Jalopnik readily admits, much of the reason for this is likely anxiety over the long-term reliability of the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Numerous motoring outlets – from Road & Track, to Consumer Reports, Pistonheads, Car and Driver, Jalopnik, and Motor Trend itself – have experienced issues with their Alfa Romeo Giulia press cars. There doesn’t appear to be any real consistency with regard to what breaks, either. Those publications’ issues ranged from a sunroof that jammed open, to a car that wouldn’t rev up to redline at the racetrack, to a car that got stranded at the base of a gentle driveway when a single wheel came off the ground.
Those are the sort of issues that the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s second owners might have to cope with – or at least, the potential issues they might have to worry about manifesting. Is the extra stress worth the satisfaction that comes with driving a quick, lively Italian sedan to work day-in and day-out, rather than a humdrum, four-wheeled appliance with all the charisma of a wet washcloth?
It all depends on your pain threshold, we suppose.